For individuals following the ketogenic diet, the Thanksgiving table can be a tough place to be. Passing around the Thanksgiving stuffing and loaded potatoes for your friends and family while you’re skipping the carbs can be a challenge to fight the temptation to indulge. Staying on track with your healthy habits may seem like a lost cause when it comes to the holidays, but don’t give up hope just yet. These 12 keto Thanksgiving recipes are perfect to bring to the dinner table for everyone to enjoy, regardless of your diet.
How can you celebrate Thanksgiving without a plump, delicious turkey? Traditionally, these Thanksgiving turkeys are stuffed with all the fixings that may not be keto-friendly. However, that’s not the case for this turkey. This Keto Roasted Turkey recipe requires only five ingredients, providing you with all the keto-friendly nutrients you need and more. This is one of our keto Thanksgiving recipes that you’ll want to make more than once.
Did someone say, “Keto Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese”? Yep, you read that right. If you’re thinking you had to give up your favorite dish when you gave up carbs, think again. This spin on the classic mac n’ cheese will have your mouth watering when you make it. Bring this dish to your next holiday gathering and it is sure to be a hit.
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you can never have too much food. That’s why bringing another meat dish to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey is always a good thing. This Keto Rotisserie Chicken will overflow your palette with a crispy outside and juicy inside.
Looking for a side dish to serve up with your Thanksgiving feast? These Keto Spinach Rolls are packed with gooey deliciousness of cream cheese, cheese, spinach, and even dough. Thinking it’s impossible to enjoy a doughy roll while on the keto diet? Well as it turns out, you can have your dough and eat it too. Indulge in these spinach rolls without any worry of remaining in ketosis.
As we move on to the Thanksgiving side dishes, these Keto Spinach Zucchini Boats are the perfect simple side. With only five main ingredients, these low-carb zucchini boats provide eight grams of fat and six grams of protein for all of your nutritional needs.
We are channeling the feast of seven fishes with this delicious high-fat, low-carb salmon cakes. This salmon dish is a great option for those individuals at the Thanksgiving dinner table looking for a high-protein option with its 11.3 grams of protein per serving.
Moving on to our satiating dessert options, we are starting out with our Keto Gingerbread Bites. I mean, what gets you more into the holiday spirit with a delicious gingerbread dish? And get this, only one of these Keto Gingerbread Bites packs a whopping 15.3 grams of fat per bite.
If you’re a fan of Reese’s Cups then you will love these Keto Peanut Butter Chocolates. With a total of only four ingredients, these sweet treats will be a hit for keto-lovers and high-carb lovers alike with their satiating taste. Sure, we’re recommending it as one of our keto Thanksgiving recipes, but you can make it any time of year!
Another holiday flavor we all know and love is, yep, you guessed it, peppermint. But that’s not where the excitement of this dessert stops. These Keto Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Bites will make your mouth water and leave you wanting more.
What screams Fall and holiday season more than the flavorful taste of maple? With only 3.6 grams of net carbs per cupcake, these Keto Maple Cupcakes are a staple for the Thanksgiving dessert table.
Finally, our deliciously decadent Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Cake will be the icing on the cake (no pun intended) for your extravagant holiday meal. Unbutton those pants and get comfortable as you’ll have more keto options than you ever thought imaginable at your next Thanksgiving feast.
Helpful Thanksgiving Keto Tips
Worried about falling off the tracks with the holiday feasts quickly approaching? For those of us trying to maintain our health goals, the holiday season can be a true test of determination. However, there’s no need to dread Thanksgiving if you’re following the keto diet.
Some ways I like to keep my mind right for upcoming events full of temptation include preparing and planning ahead. I also practice mind over matter and I maintain a solid exercise schedule so I don’t completely fall out of my routine. No matter what your holiday feast may look like, you can plan to indulge or plan to stick to your diet.
Regardless, there’s no need to stress. Remember why you started your keto diet in the first place, get plenty of exercise and enjoy your time with family and friends.
Steph Lodge is a wellness writer with a passion for health, nutrition and fitness. Steph is a competitive weightlifter and lover of the outdoors. She’s taught a number of meal prep and nutrition courses at different events around the country. She is also the founder of The Athlete’s Kitchen, a site dedicated to all things health and wellness.